Helen Clark dead in Plane Crash!
In breaking news former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has been killed in a plane crash in Denver, America. Clark had been there as part of her new job at the United Nations. At this stage news is very sketchy and gaining information has been difficult. However, Global Associated News has a reporter on the ground and their website is the most reliable. CLICK HERE for the link and latest news.
While the above situation is not true, my sources still believe Helen is still alive and well, it does make you think about how information is passed on through the media and internet. This information comes from a website called FakeAWish where you select a celebrity to die in a variety of different ways. Try it out!!
Some people may be outraged at a site like this and others will take it a little more in their stride. Whatever you point of view it does make you think about the information we receive on the web. Does information have to be true to be passed on to the public? Should the media have some sort of regulator to ensure the information they pass on is correct? Only the other day I purchased some ‘dehydrated water’ via this website on the net. I thought it would be fantastic to take camping this summer. All I would have to do is add water and presto, pure water at my finger tips. Unfortunately the product hasn’t arrived and I am out of pocket $30 USD. While most people would argue ‘NO’ to a censor of some kind, the rubbish that we get delivered into our homes and onto our computer screens is sometimes criminal.
Only Tonight I logged onto the Stuff webpage and was confronted by this heading ‘Parents still Smack Despite its Ineffectiveness’. No doubt the writer was doing that to get a number of hits, especially after the recent referendum. Technically the heading of the article is correct but after you read the actual study these headings would also have been true.
1/5 of Families believe time out is ineffective for disciplining children.
92% of families believe ignoring your child is an effective discipline technique.
99% of New Zealand families believe ‘hugs and smiles’ are effective discipline techniques.
I clicked on to the article and was delivered perhaps on of the most one sided articles I have seen for sometime. Obviously the author hadn’t taken the time to look that only 100 families were included in the study. They obviously didn’t look at the statistics as many of them didn’t make any sense.
Let’s have a look at some of the statements made;
Nearly half of families still smack their children, despite very few believing it is effective as a form of discipline, a Families Commission study suggests. – This was a study that just looked at 100 New Zealand families. One would say it is a rash statement to use the term ‘half of families’.
Upbringing, written material, family, media and friends were all influential on parenting. – No kidding. What other influences are there left.
Time out was the most common form of discipline, used by 82 per cent of respondents, but only 43 per cent believed it was effective. – So the heading in the newspaper could have read ‘57% of New Zealand parents using ineffective discipline with their children’
Smacking and shouting were used by 41 per cent, although only 9 per cent believed smacking was effective, while 5 per cent believed shouting worked. – Oh but we forgot to mention here that only 43% of people answered this question. So the title could have read 66% of families believe smacking is effective’.
The study, conducted last month, followed an August referendum in which 87 per cent of respondents said no to the question: “Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?” – WRONG – The data was collected between December 2006 and July 2008.
Barnardo’s chief executive Murray Edridge said parents were being “authoritative without being authoritarian”. – What does this mean Mr Edridge?? Can I be authoritative without being authoritarian? I assume that means that if you are authoritarian you are a bad person.
I realise that on the net information is one sided. Heck most of the posts I make on this site have no research and the truth is often bent in half like a horse shoe. However, you would think that our media would be a little more careful and a little more diligent in their work. Instead they just seem to parrot off and copy and paste news without anyone actually reading the content. Imagine if you or I were as accurate in our jobs as the media are in theirs. Most of use would be fired within a week. If you were a pilot you would be dead within a day and if you had Helen Clark onboard then perhaps that first paragraph would come true.